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May 30, 2011, 10:37:09 PM
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Not a 100% mining related accident, but I found out the hard way that my whole flat has a 16A fuse (which is BEFORE my circuit breaker... and of course irreplaceable without redoing the whole wiring in the flat and probably house).

At least now I know about it and will be more careful when planning to boil water for tea while having the washing machine switched on.

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May 30, 2011, 10:41:04 PM
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My mining rigs have kicked the breaker in my house once, but beyond that I don't have any scary mining stories.

Hardware stories though?
Once I was replacing the thermal paste on my CPU, I got some thermal paste on my hand and didn't wash it off. (That's a BIG mistake depending on what type of thermal paste...)

I now have a permanent chemical burn on my hand from CPU thermal paste...
Any skin I have that grows over the burn dies at a very accelerated rate, it looks like psoriasis.
did you go to the doctor for that?

Nah, I didn't go to a doctor, I went over the affected area with a razor blade as soon as I realized it was burning, to get out the skin and chemicals.
I washed off what I could, and I tried to cut the chemicals out of my skin, but I didn't get all of it.
I don't have prints there anymore.
It's on the right side of my right hand's index finger.

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May 31, 2011, 03:05:50 AM
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Who here would be willing to be interviewed for articles on my site, bitcoinminingaccidents.com (reg'd but undeveloped) ?
I would, but you'd have to pay me for it.  Tongue

My mining rigs have kicked the breaker in my house once, but beyond that I don't have any scary mining stories.

Hardware stories though?
Once I was replacing the thermal paste on my CPU, I got some thermal paste on my hand and didn't wash it off. (That's a BIG mistake depending on what type of thermal paste...)

I now have a permanent chemical burn on my hand from CPU thermal paste...
Any skin I have that grows over the burn dies at a very accelerated rate, it looks like psoriasis.
did you go to the doctor for that?

Nah, I didn't go to a doctor, I went over the affected area with a razor blade as soon as I realized it was burning, to get out the skin and chemicals.
I washed off what I could, and I tried to cut the chemicals out of my skin, but I didn't get all of it.
I don't have prints there anymore.
It's on the right side of my right hand's index finger.
Dang, I had no idea thermal paste could do that!
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May 31, 2011, 03:10:42 AM
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Nah, I didn't go to a doctor, I went over the affected area with a razor blade as soon as I realized it was burning, to get out the skin and chemicals.
I washed off what I could, and I tried to cut the chemicals out of my skin, but I didn't get all of it.
I don't have prints there anymore.
It's on the right side of my right hand's index finger.
that sounds very painful. That will probably remind me to wear gloves when handling ANY chemical.

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May 31, 2011, 04:13:26 AM
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My mining rigs have kicked the breaker in my house once, but beyond that I don't have any scary mining stories.

Hardware stories though?
Once I was replacing the thermal paste on my CPU, I got some thermal paste on my hand and didn't wash it off. (That's a BIG mistake depending on what type of thermal paste...)

I now have a permanent chemical burn on my hand from CPU thermal paste...
Any skin I have that grows over the burn dies at a very accelerated rate, it looks like psoriasis.
did you go to the doctor for that?

Nah, I didn't go to a doctor, I went over the affected area with a razor blade as soon as I realized it was burning, to get out the skin and chemicals.
I washed off what I could, and I tried to cut the chemicals out of my skin, but I didn't get all of it.
I don't have prints there anymore.
It's on the right side of my right hand's index finger.

really?  interesting.

what brand of thermal paste, and what was the formulation:  silver?  zinc?  how long did it stay on your skin?  how long have the prints been gone?  much pain?
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May 31, 2011, 04:21:26 AM
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I don't have prints there anymore.


I just realized, this could be valuable information.  Grin
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May 31, 2011, 04:39:46 AM
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I don't have prints there anymore.


I just realized, this could be valuable information.  Grin

took you eight minutes longer than me.  Cool
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May 31, 2011, 04:48:58 AM
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Tell me what thermal paste you were using, I want to put smiley faces into my fingerprints!

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May 31, 2011, 05:03:01 AM
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I'm guessing it was silver compound, when I was in chem class we were told to be very careful with it or we'll get a chemical burn that will stain the skin for a very long time when we were handling solutions with silver in it. Just a guess, lemme know if I'm right plox!
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May 31, 2011, 05:05:52 AM
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and remember to wash beforehand in the bathroom.
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May 31, 2011, 05:28:15 AM
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It was either Arctic Silver 5 or it was an OEM brand. Those are the only types I've worked with.
I don't remember exactly which it was.

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May 31, 2011, 06:12:51 AM
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Strange.  He must be really unlucky.  I've had every imaginable type of heatsinking compound all over my fingers before and never had any side effects from it.

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May 31, 2011, 06:23:22 AM
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Typical stuff, cut fingers while working with cheap cases and fingers hurt by fans.

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May 31, 2011, 06:50:59 AM
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I'll start with one from a friend of mine (who shall remain anonymous): he lives in a place with old 120V electrical wiring. He put a rig of ~1.6kW (~13A), as measured by a kill-a-watt, on a 20A circuit for about half a day, until he started smelling smoke in his apartment, apparently coming from the wiring inside the walls. He completely stopped using this circuit, and now runs his rig on a dedicated 240V circuit. A 20A circuit is normally rated 16A for continuous loads by the National Electric Code, but that old wiring was likely defective and the insulation probably started melting.

Did you actually measure the current with the Kill-a-watt? Most my computer have a power factor of about 0.67. That means that for every 100W (833mA resistive), the actual current draw is closer to 1.24 amps. or in your example, 19.9 amps. My kill-a-watt is only rated to measure up to 15Amps, IIRC.

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May 31, 2011, 07:00:05 AM
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Yep, he did measure. I am pretty sure his PSU had active PFC, so pf = 1.0.
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June 02, 2011, 01:51:14 AM
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I'll start with one from a friend of mine (who shall remain anonymous): he lives in a place with old 120V electrical wiring. He put a rig of ~1.6kW (~13A), as measured by a kill-a-watt, on a 20A circuit for about half a day, until he started smelling smoke in his apartment, apparently coming from the wiring inside the walls. He completely stopped using this circuit, and now runs his rig on a dedicated 240V circuit. A 20A circuit is normally rated 16A for continuous loads by the National Electric Code, but that old wiring was likely defective and the insulation probably started melting.

That is makes me worry.  I am putting a lot of load on my old house wiring.  The electrics were redone sometime after grounded plugs became standard, but it is still very old.  Yay for 100+ year old houses...

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June 02, 2011, 02:06:26 AM
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I'll start with one from a friend of mine (who shall remain anonymous): he lives in a place with old 120V electrical wiring. He put a rig of ~1.6kW (~13A), as measured by a kill-a-watt, on a 20A circuit for about half a day, until he started smelling smoke in his apartment, apparently coming from the wiring inside the walls. He completely stopped using this circuit, and now runs his rig on a dedicated 240V circuit. A 20A circuit is normally rated 16A for continuous loads by the National Electric Code, but that old wiring was likely defective and the insulation probably started melting.

That is makes me worry.  I am putting a lot of load on my old house wiring.  The electrics were redone sometime after grounded plugs became standard, but it is still very old.  Yay for 100+ year old houses...

Yeah, that story actually made me purchase a kill-a-watt.

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June 09, 2011, 10:40:37 AM
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Just almost set my entire mining rig room on fire... With shitty PSUs apparantly.

I hooked up 2*850W raidmax gold PSUs to 6 video cards and it started smoking like crazy.

I can hook up 6 * video cards to a 1200 watt gold psu with no problems whatsoever.

WTF raidmax?!? You made me inhale some kind of weird assed fumes!
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June 09, 2011, 10:55:11 AM
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Thank you EU for our 230 V power.

Hey US, enjoy your doubled current drain at your wall socket  Grin

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